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Attorney: Case dropped in alleged drugging (FOX 19 Cincinnati)
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A defense attorney says the Orange County, California, district attorney's office has dropped its case against a man who had been accused of slipping a date-rape drug into the drink of former Olympic ice dancer Oksana "Pasha" Grishuk (GRIHS'-chuhk).
Attorney: Case dropped in alleged drugging (KXXV Waco)
Associated Press - June 9, 2008 2:43 PM ET SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A defense attorney says the Orange County, California, district attorney's office has dropped its case against a man who had...
Miami attorney sues OPEC over oil prices (Miami Herald)
A Miami lawyer is suing OPEC over the skyrocketing price of oil. Attorney Larry Klayman claims in the lawsuit filed Monday that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries is violating U.S. antitrust laws by fixing oil prices. Klayman wants a Miami federal judge to stop that from happening.
Miami attorney sues OPEC over oil prices (Miami Herald)
A Miami lawyer is suing OPEC over the skyrocketing price of oil. Attorney Larry Klayman claims in the lawsuit filed Monday that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries is violating U.S. antitrust laws by fixing oil prices. Klayman wants a Miami federal judge to stop that from happening.
Mayor's lawyer insists texts had nothing to do with whistle-blower settlement (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- A lawyer who represented Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in a police whistle-blower trial in 2007 denied Monday that the desire to conceal embarrassing and potentially incriminating text messages was the motive behind an $8.4 million settlement.
District Attorney won't challenge candidacies (The Record-Courier)
Douglas County District Attorney Mark Jackson said Friday he won't challenge the candidacies of five local office-holders who are seeking re-election.
Lawyer: Titans' Fowler under NFL investigation (Fox Sports)
Tennessee Titans linebacker Ryan Fowler is under investigation by the NFL in connection with an apparent steroids case, Fowler's lawyer said Monday. Peter Ginsberg said that Fowler was notified late last week that he faces suspension. The lawyer said he assumes the investigation stems from the death last week of David Jacobs, a convicted steroids dealer who claimed to have sold drugs to pro ...
Attorney general disagrees with Kaine's decision to stop execution (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell issued a statement this evening saying he disagrees with Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's decision to commute the death sentence of Percy Levar Walton, who murdered three people in Danville in 1996. Kaines reason for halting the execution, scheduled for tomorrow night, was that Walton is mentally incompetent.
Lawyer: Titans' Fowler under NFL investigation (Sports Illustrated)
Tennessee Titans linebacker Ryan Fowler is under investigation by the NFL in connection with an apparent steroids case, Fowler's lawyer said Monday.
DeWine rules out running for attorney general (The Columbus Dispatch)
With a week to go before the Ohio Republican Party vets potential replacements for disgraced former Democratic Attorney General Marc Dann, three more top-tier candidates have signaled they don't plan to run.
Lawyer steps up for polygamous sect (Austin American-Statesman)
The lawyer who regularly stands before TV cameras to defend a polygamous sect gets some praise for speaking up for what many consider an unpopular cause.
(AP) -- Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline is running for re-election to the post. (KAKE)
The former attorney general made the announcement Monday night at a private gathering of supporters. As attorney general and later as district attorney, the anti-abortion Republican has been embroiled in a battle against Planned Parenthood for alleged late-term abortions.
Attorney defends alleged suspended license (Knoxville News Sentinel)
An Arkansas attorney facing disbarment proceedings in his home state is trying to convince a federal magistrate judge in Knoxville to let him represent a Blount County couple accused of tax evasion.
Kline to run for Johnson County district attorney (The Kansas City Star)
Saying he has a passion for justice, District Attorney Phill Kline announced Monday that he would be a candidate to retain his job as Johnson County’s top law enforcement officer.
Attorney general says mentally ill should not get guns (WAVY 10)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper says patients who are ruled mentally ill by the courts should not be able to obtain guns.
Lawyer admits sex after client's divorce (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
A Marksville lawyer who reported himself to the bar after sleeping with a client one day after handling her divorce will not face suspension from practicing law, the Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled.
Attorney: Committee overstepped authority (Norwalk Advocate)
NORWALK - Two opinions from City Attorney Robert Maslan state that Common Council member Mike Geake's committee overstepped its role in asking Health Director Tim Callahan to fund an environmental consultant to study a contaminated Platt Street property in East Norwalk.
Lawyer charges OPEC violates antitrust laws (Miami Herald)
A Miami lawyer is suing OPEC over the skyrocketing price of oil. Attorney Larry Klayman claims in the lawsuit filed Monday that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries is violating U.S. antitrust laws by fixing oil prices. Klayman wants a Miami federal judge to stop that from happening.
PEOPLE: S.J. pro bono attorney lauded (Courier-Post)
Legal Services of New Jersey presented Harry F. Schmoll the Equal Justice Medal for his work as a volunteer attorney for South Jersey Legal Services.
Felons don't have rights to public records, Attorney General says (Seattle Times)
Felons who have not had their civil rights restored should not have the same rights to public records that others have, state Attorney General...
County attorney Gledhill to retire (The News & Observer)
Geof Gledhill, Orange County government's attorney for more than 30 years, will retire in December, the county announced Monday.
Lawyer gets 2 months for insurance fraud (Philadelphia Daily News)
A Center City personal-injury lawyer was sentenced to two months in prison yesterday for obtaining an insurance settlement on behalf of two undercover FBI agents posing as injured patients.
LAWYER FIRED OVER A KISS WANTS $90M (New York Post)
A successful lawyer whose career took a nose-dive after he was fired for kissing a colleague has planted a $90 million lawsuit on his old firm for allegedly trashing his reputation after his termination. Jeremy Pitcock lobbed the suit at Kasowitz...
Gangland lawyer charges dropped (AAP via Yahoo!7 News)
Charges against Melbourne gangland lawyer Zarah Garde-Wilson of giving false evidence to the Australian Crime Commission have been dropped.
Center City lawyer sentenced in fraud case (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
A Center City lawyer was sentenced yesterday to two months in prison for pursuing fraudulent claims on behalf of two purported car-accident victims who turned out to be FBI undercover agents, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Louis D. Lappen.
Attorney general tries to set execution date (Montgomery Advertiser)
Attorney General Troy King has asked the state Supreme Court to set an execution date for James Callahan, who has lived on death row 25 years for the 1982 murder of a Jacksonville woman.
Attorney sentenced to 3 years for tax evasion (KPLC Lake Charles)
Associated Press - June 10, 2008 8:44 AM ET MONROE, La. (AP) - A 61-year-old Tallulah trial attorney has been sentenced in federal court on tax evasion and filing false corporate and personal...
Attorney sentenced to 3 years for tax evasion (KATC 3 Lafayette)
MONROE, La. -- A 61-year-old Tallulah trial attorney has been sentenced in federal court on tax evasion and filing false corporate and personal income tax returns.
The lawyer who became polygamist group's voice (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
SALT LAKE CITY -- The lawyer who stands before TV cameras to defend the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is praised by some for speaking up for the polygamous sect. Utah's attorney general, however, calls him a "lackey" for the sect. Of his recent work for Texas members of church who live at the Yearning for Zion Ranch near Eldorado, Rod Parker replies, "They really ...
Zeltser has been taking seized tablets for 15 years - lawyer (Interfax)
MINSK. June 10 (Interfax) - Dmitry Goryachko, defense lawyer for U.S. citizen Emanuel Zeltser, currently detained in Belarus, has received documents from the United States, which deal with the medicines seized from his client as he was detained in Minsk.
Phila. lawyer from insurance sting sentenced (BizJournals)
A Philadelphia personal-injury lawyer who was caught in an insurance fraud sting was sentenced in U.S. District Court Monday to two months in prison, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia said.
Lawyer: Titans' Fowler, a former Cowboy, under NFL investigation (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
By JOE EDWARDS NASHVILLE -- Tennessee Titans linebacker Ryan Fowler is under investigation by the NFL in connection with an apparent steroids case, Fowler's lawyer said Monday. Peter Ginsberg said that Fowler was notified late last week that he faces suspension. Fowler played with the Dallas Cowboys from 2004 through 2006. The lawyer said he assumes the investigation stems from the death last ...
NY attorney general says Verizon, Sprint, TW Cable will block Internet sites with child porn (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
ALBANY, N.Y. - Internet providers Verizon, Sprint and Time Warner Cable have agreed to block access to child pornography and eliminate the material from their servers, New York's attorney general said Tuesday.
Attorney General McCollum Has Cardiac Stent Implanted (The Tampa Tribune)
TAMPA - State Attorney General Bill McCollum had a cardiac stent implanted today to improve blood flow, according to a spokeswoman.
Attorney general sues company offering service dogs for diabetics (The Kansas City Star)
JEFFERSON CITY | The attorney general’s office says consumers are getting ripped off by a mid-Missouri company claiming to train service dogs for people with diabetes.
Fidentia boss' lawyer quits (iafrica.com)
Fidentia boss J Arthur Brown's lawyer withdrew unexpectedly from the case on Tuesday.
Patrick picks Worcester attorney to be district court judge (Boston Herald)
BOSTON - Gov. Deval Patrick has nominated a veteran Worcester attorney to be a judge at the Leominster District Court. Mark Noonan is a graduate of UMass-Boston and Suffolk...
Patrick picks Worcester attorney to be district court judge (Boston Globe)
Gov. Deval Patrick has nominated a veteran Worcester attorney to be a judge at the Leominster District Court.
Russia Drops Criminal Probe Of US Media Organization - Lawyer (Nasdaq)
MOSCOW (AFP)--Russian prosecutors have dropped a high-profile criminal case against the local head of U.S. media training organization Internews, a lawyer for the group told AFP on Tuesday.
Mayor Kilpatrick withdraws legal bill for city attorney (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's aides on Tuesday withdrew requests that taxpayers pay up to $33,000 for legal representation of a city attorney embroiled in the $8.4 million whistle-blower scandal.
Florida Attorney General remains hospitalized after heart stent inserted (Sun-Sentinel)
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is resting at an Orlando hospital after having a surgical procedure to have an arterial stent inserted.
Former Rockwall County district attorney convicted of theft 2:47 PM CT (Dallas Morning News)
A Dallas County jury took just over 30 minutes today to convict former Rockwall County District Attorney Ray Sumrow of theft by a public servant, his second criminal conviction in less than three months.
Lucinda Smith named managing attorney at Legal Aid Society (BizJournals)
Lucinda Smith, director of the Nashville Pro Bono Program, has been named managing attorney of the Nashville office of the Legal Aid Society.
Charges against gangland lawyer dropped (Daily Telegraph)
MELBOURNE gangland lawyer Zarah Garde-Wilson's criminal trial collapsed yesterday when the star witness against her suffered memory loss in court.
Lawyer: NFL asked to talk to LB Fowler (Columbia Daily Herald)
NASHVILLE — Tennessee Titans linebacker Ryan Fowler is under investigation by the NFL in connection with an apparent steroids case, Fowler’s lawyer said Monday.
Attorney General Sues Soap Companies Over Cancer Threat (NBC 11 Bay Area)
California's attorney general has accused several manufacturers of failing to warn of a potentially cancer-causing chemical in their soaps.
Attorney Found Guilty Of Theft (WCSH 6 Portland)
PORTLAND (NEWS CENTER) -- An attorney who worked at a prestigious Maine law firm has admitted stealing money from the firm and from clients.
Lawyer Questions Visit To School By Muslim Cleric (CBS 13 Baltimore)
Saying the public schools could be accused of advocating a specific religion, a lawyer says he is investigating an invitation to a Muslim cleric to speak by students at Urbana High School.
Jose Canseco's former attorney suing former-MLB slugger (Sun-Sentinel)
Jose Canseco's former attorney is suing the retired baseball star, accusing him of being a major-league deadbeat.
No Info Exchanged Between Lynch's Attorney, District Attorney (WGRZ-TV Buffalo)
The attorney for Bills tailback Marshawn Lynch sat down with the Erie County District Attorney's office Monday, but he gave no information about the hit-and-run accident involving Lynch's vehicle last weekend.